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Third Volume in Unreleased Art Pepper Series Due May 30

A two-disc set of previously unissued recordings by the late Art Pepper, Volume III: The Croydon Concert, will become the first release on the Widow’s Taste label, run by Laurie Pepper, the widow of the alto saxophonist. The release date is May 30.

The set features Pepper’s so-called “Comeback Band,” which worked with him from 1978 through most of 1981: pianist Milcho Leviev, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Carl Burnett. The performance documented took place at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England in May1981.

The Croydon recording was sent last year to Laurie Pepper by a European fan. The release follows volume one, The Abashiri Concert, recorded in Japan in 1981, and volume two, The Last Concert, recorded at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1982, documenting Art’s last performance just weeks before his death.

Next year, Widow’s Taste will release a three-disc set, The Art History Project. Disc one will be “Early Art” with Stan Kenton, Shorty Rogers, and at the Lighthouse. Disc two is “The Middle Period”: never-heard material recorded at Contemporary in 1962 and ’67 but never released. Disc three will be “Reconciliation”: the best of Pepper in his “post-Vanguard” period.

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